Rangers Youngest Team Defeat Older Opponents

Rangers 10 Spartans 1

Tonight was an opportunity to watch Rangers youngest Development League team take a step into eleven-a-side football. Having impressed in both style and standard of play as well as results at seven-a-side this was only their second outing at the conventional eleven-a-side game. In the early stages of the game although Rangers were having the bulk of possession they were finding it difficult to create clear-cut chances against their older opponents.

There were eighteen minutes on the clock when Rangers broke the deadlock, a superb run down the left from Matthew Henderson took him past two defenders towards the byline and when he played the ball across goal a Spartans defender turned the ball past his own keeper for an Own Goal. The visitors had a chance to draw level in the dying seconds of the first period, from a throw-in on the right the ball landed kindly for the striker at the edge of Rangers box but he shot wide of Jay Hogarth’s left hand post.

Rangers increased their lead early in the second period, Adam Devine won the ball in midfield before passing to Reegan Aitken inside the box, a superb turn took him past a defender creating the space for him to shoot past the keeper. Six minutes into the second period Rangers scored as good a goal as you would see anywhere, from Robbie Fraser’s right-wing cross Reegan Aitken found the bottom corner with an expertly executed overhead scissor kick.

Midway through the period Lewis Robertson’s solo run saw him slalom through the Spartans defence, the keeper got down to his left to parry his shot but was left stranded as Reegan Aitken netted from close range. The fifth goal followed a quarter of an hour later, Aaron Lyall passed to Reegan Aitken on the edge of the box and he played in Robbie Fraser breaking into the left side of the penalty area and he shot across the keeper into the far corner of the net.

A minute later Matthew Henderson strode forward before trying his luck from distance that the Spartans keeper tipped over. Those watching barely had to wait sixty seconds of the third period to see Rangers score again, Robbie Fraser attacked the centre of defence before slipping a pass through to Reegan Aitken who calmly slotted past the keeper.

The next goal game when Lewis Robertson passed to Robbie Fraser on the left, he went past a defender into the box before beating the keeper from a narrow angle. As the midpoint of the period approached Aaron Miller broke forward from defence before passing to Reegan Aitken inside the box and the Rangers striker took his time before picking his spot in the net.

Spartans  threatened Rangers goal just after the turn round in the final period, the attack came on the right side of Rangers box with Grant Thackray diving to his right to save the shot. A minute later the visitor’s grabbed the consolation goal their persistence merited, again the attack came down the right and when the ball was passed inside the finish was over the head of Grant Thackray and into the net.

Rangers were soon back on the attack when Rhys Caves passed to Kai Kirkpatrick on the right side of the box, he knocked the ball past a defender but was denied by the keeper who blocked his shot with his legs. Rangers next attacked highlighted the ups and downs of life as a goalkeeper, Lewis Robertson passed to Matthew Collins on the left side of the box and this time the shot slipped through the keeper’s grasp and into the net.

Scoring was completed with a couple of minutes remaining, when an attack down the left was thwarted and the ball was cleared to the edge of the box  Lewis Robertson’s shot beat the keeper with the aid of a deflection.

Full-Time:- Rangers 10 Spartans 1

Rangers Squad:- Jay Hogarth (Gk), Grant Thackray (Gk), Greg Chalmers, Matthew Henderson, Lorenzo Giovanazzi, Liam Morrison, Adam Devine, Matthew Collins, Lewis Robertson, Robbie Fraser, Reegan Aitken, Alex Lowry, Rhys Caves, Kai Kirkpatrick, Aaron Lyall, Ryan Stobbo, Aaron Miller, Ross Taylor, Jogn Burgon,

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